Welcome to the Homepage of the Association of VA Surgeons!

The Association of VA Surgeons was established in 1967 to improve patient care, medical education and research in surgery in the VA. Since then, our membership has grown to over 400 members and interest continues to increase. The group meets annually and is hosted by different VA Medical Centers. Our goals are:

  • to promote the interchange of ideas and issues that affect VA surgeons.
  • to provide a forum for discussion of issues of concern to the membership
  • formulation of an organized representation

From the President. . .

I am honored to serve as President of the Association of VA Surgeons for 2014-2015. Despite national challenges, the VA continues to provide unique opportunities for surgeons to serve our nation’s Veterans, to contribute to education of trainees, and to conduct a wide spectrum of research at the VA.  

Next year's meeting of the Association of VA Surgeons will be May 2-5 at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, FL.  At this meeting, VA surgeons and anesthesiologists will present clinical outcomes, translational, and basic science research.  Symposia will emphasize practical clinical program management, efficiency, and surgical quality.   We welcome attendance and presentation by surgical specialists and anesthesiologists.  Papers have the option of submission to JAMA-Surgery, the official publication for AVAS.  Presenters are neither required to be members of AVAS nor to have affiliation with VHA, but we encourage new membership applications.  See http://vasurgeons.org/member-app.html for information.

We are pleased to announce the availability of a new faculty research award from the AVAS Foundation, funded by Karl Storz USA.  Applications may be submitted to Dr. Frank Padberg, Chair of the AVAS Research Committee between November 1, 2014 and February 1, 2015. Click on the Karl Storz Research Grant link on the left for further details.

I look forward to seeing you all in Miami Beach next year!

Mark A. Wilson, MD, PhD
President, Association of VA Surgeons 2014-2015
Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Pittsburgh
Chief of Surgery
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System


Society Affiliation

JAMA Surgery is pleased to announce that it is now the official publication for the Association of VA Surgeons.


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